ERIE, PA. – The 2021 TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Northeast Regional Championship will be hosted in Erie, Pa. June 23-25, 2021.
The competition is part of Bassmaster’s B.A.S.S. Nation Series, on the path to the 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic.
More than 220 anglers qualified to take part in the event. Competing anglers will represent state associations from throughout B.A.S.S. Nation’s Northeastern Region, which encompasses 11 states: Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, and Delaware.
The top boater and non-boater from each state will advance to the B.A.S.S. Nation Championship, where the top three anglers will qualify for the Bassmaster Classic on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell.
Erie was originally selected to host the 2020 event, which was ultimately postponed due to state travel restrictions prompted by COVID-19.
“We appreciate the flexibility of our partners at the Erie Sports Commission and Visit Erie as we shifted this event to allow every team and angler who qualified to travel to Pennsylvania to compete,” said Jon Stewart, B.A.S.S. nation director. “As we wrapped up the Bassmaster Classic in Texas last week, I was reminded that the only Classic winner from the B.A.S.S. Nation came from the Northeast Regional, so it is kind of a special region.”
“We’re ecstatic to have the opportunity to welcome one of BASS Nation’s top national events to Erie, particularly after the challenges we’ve faced in the last year,” said Mark Jeanneret, executive director of the Erie Sports Commission. “Lake Erie is widely regarded as one of the nation’s top bass fisheries, and with the adjoining and protected Presque Isle Bay, Erie is a premier location for bass tournaments. I expet that these professional anglers will experience a competitive tournament and a hospitable welcome as they travel to our region from across the eastern United States.”
Anglers will check in from and weigh in each day at Perry Monument on Presque Isle State Park. All weigh-ins will be streamed live on Bassmaster.com.